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Síofra McSherry is a postdoctoral fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. She completed her doctorate in 2017 with the dissertation “The Burden of Return: The gift in the poetry of Marianne Moore”. Her postdoctoral project investigates the influence of Haitian Vodoun on 20th century and contemporary North American culture. She graduated with a first in English from Christ Church, Oxford University, and received her MA with distinction from University College London with a thesis on form in the poetry of John Ashbery. Síofra has taught American literature courses at Kings College London, and was a participant in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in 2014. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Huntington Library in California in 2013, in 2011 held a Junior Fellowship at the Terra Foundation for American Art Summer Residency in Giverny, France. In 2010 she participated in the Fulbright Summer Institute at NYU. Síofra has published several peer reviewed articles as well as poetry and art criticism. Alongside Sarah Archino and Isabella Streffen, she cofounded the And Or research network on digital collaboration in 2012, which has presented its findings internationally and staged several online collaborative exhibitions. Born in Northern Ireland, Síofra is now based in Berlin.

 

Publications

Peer reviewed

Archino, S., McSherry, S., and Streffen, I. “A Third Place: The And Or Project.” Academics, Artists, and Museums: 21st-Century Partnerships. Eds. Irina D. Costache and Clare Kunny. New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2017. Print.

McSherry, S. “‘To fulfill a private obligation’: Marianne Moore, her patrons, and the social economy of the gift.” NANO: New American Notes Online. July 2017. Web.

McSherry, S. “Joseph Cornell’s Subversive Materialism.” Comparative American Studies, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2013, 374–86. Web.

Poetry

McSherry, S. “Room.” Hysteria, Forthcoming 2017. Print.

McSherry, S. Selections from “Requiem.” Poetry Wales, Volume 52.3, Spring 2017, 41-45. Print.

McSherry, S. “Teac.” Poetry Wales, Volume 51.1, Summer 2015, 57. Print.

McSherry, S. “Poem in which the RSS Discovery’s Maiden Voyage is Recalled.” Poems in Which, Issue 5, 30 April 2014. Web.

McSherry, S. “Casting Song.” Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, Issue 3, Spring 2013, 129. Print.

McSherry, S. “No Nemo.” Sylvia is Missing: Flarestack Pamphlet Competition Anthology 2012, edited by Meredith Andrea and Jacqui Rowe, Flarestack, 2012, 2. Print.

McSherry, S. “Public Love Poem.” Inc. Magazine, inczine, June 2012, 6. Print.

McSherry, S. “All thoughts are prey to some beast,” Streetcake Magazine 23, May 2012, 10. Web.

McSherry, S. “Faust,” “Sleepless,” “L’Etoile,” and “To a blackberry maggot.” Salt Book of Younger Poets, edited by Roddy Lumsden and Eloise Stonborough, Salt, 2011, 107–110. Print.

McSherry, S. “Willow Warbler.” Birdbook I: Towns, Parks, Gardens and Woodland, edited by Jon Stone and Kirsten Irving, Sidekick Books, 2011, 103. Print.

McSherry, S. “Insomnia” and “Music for a Summer Afternoon.” Foam:e, 7, Light-Trap Press, 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Swans.” Cluster Arts Magazine: As Many Works as Dots, Issue 1, 2010, 30. Print.

Other essays

McSherry, S. “Computers Are Not Windows.” Run Computer, Run, ed. Nora O’Murchú, Link Editions, 2014, 15–19. Print.

McSherry, S. “Notes Towards the Development of an American Aesthetic.” The Weevil, Issue 1, December 2006, 2–15. Print.

Web and multimedia

Archino, S., McSherry, S., and Streffen, I. “Pacific Binaries Redux.” Multimedia digital installation, VASA Journal on Images and Culture Theme Issue: The Photobook in Digital Times, edited by Mary Gold, 16 March 2016. Web.

McSherry, S. Forum contribution. “What is a Book? Experiments in Idea Dissemination.” Meridian 180, 11 June 2015. Web.

Archino, S., and McSherry, S. “Seed Text.” Pacific Binaries, 8 June 2015.
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McSherry, S., and Morin, Molly. “No Nemo,” video, poem, and code animation, Command Plus / ⌘A⌘C⌘N⌘V⌘S, 10 February 2014. Web.

Archino, S., McSherry, S., and Streffen, I. “Foreword to ⌘A⌘C⌘N⌘V⌘S.” Command Plus / ⌘A⌘C⌘N⌘V⌘S, 10 February 2014. Web.

Reviews

McSherry, S. “Obsessive Sensing: LEAP Berlin.” This is Tomorrow, 25 April 2014. Web.

McSherry, S. “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness.” This is Tomorrow, 6 March 2014. Web.

McSherry, S. “James Turrell: A Retrospective.” This is Tomorrow, 21 July 2013. Web.

McSherry, S. “Richard Artschwager!” This is Tomorrow, 14 July 2013. Web.

McSherry, S. “Cyprien Gaillard: The Crystal World.” This is Tomorrow, 21 March 2013. Web.

McSherry, S. “Ed Ruscha: Standard.” This is Tomorrow, 3 December 2012. Web.

McSherry, S. “Lucy Raven: Hammer Projects.” This is Tomorrow, 22 October 2012. Web.

McSherry, S. “Mike Kelley Memorial in Los Angeles.” This is Tomorrow, 12 March 2012. Web.

McSherry, S. “Lydia Gifford: Midday.” This is Tomorrow, 9 February 2012. Web.

McSherry, S. “Lynda Benglis.” This is Tomorrow, 6 November 2011. Web.

McSherry, S. “Claude Cahun Retrospective.” This is Tomorrow, 9 August 2011. Web.

McSherry, S. “Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men.” This is Tomorrow, 7 December 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Mark Bradford: The Pistol that Whistles.” This is Tomorrow, 3 November 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Phyllida Barlow: Bluff.” This is Tomorrow, 17 May 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other.” This is Tomorrow, 16 July 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Judith Clarke and Adam Phillips: The Concise Dictionary of Dress.” This is Tomorrow, 13 May 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “Artist Profile: Blue Curry.” This is Tomorrow, 13 March 2010. Web.

McSherry, S. “South Tower Social: Old Mayfair Carpet Gallery.” This is Tomorrow, 1 February 2010. Web.

Conference Presentations

McSherry, S. “‘Ever-grateful wonder’: The collaborative correspondence of Marianne Moore and Joseph Cornell.” Special Relationships: American Artists and their Collaborators, Workshop, 26 August 2016, Tate Britain, London. Paper.

McSherry, S. “‘To fulfill a private obligation’: Marianne Moore and her patrons.” New Translations / New Readings of Modernist Poetry, European Association of American Studies Conference, 24 April 2016, Constanta, Romania. Paper.

Archino, S., and McSherry, S. “The valise as archive: repositionable repositories of Duchamp and Cornell”. An Art History of the Archive?, College Art Association Conference, 6 February 2016, Washington D.C., USA. Paper.

McSherry, S. “Art as problematic gift: Jonathan Safran Foer, Charles Simic, and the literary reception of Joseph Cornell.” New York Schools, The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Conference 7, 25 September 2015, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Paper.

McSherry, S. “The Gift as a Model for Artistic Community: An interdisciplinary exchange between Joseph Cornell and Marianne Moore.” Wordstruck: American Artists as Readers, Writers, and Literati, 13 May 2015, Lublin, Poland. Paper.

Archino, S., McSherry, S., and Streffen, I. “The And Or Project: A test site for networked collaboration.” Artworks and Networks: Materializing Connectivity in Art Historical Research, South Eastern College Art Conference,10 October 2014. Roanoke, VA, USA. Paper, presented by Prof. Sarah Archino.

McSherry, S. “Marianne Moore and Joseph Cornell: Gift exchange as a model for cross-disciplinary comparison.” Modernism and Avant-Gardes: Cross-disciplinary comparisons, The European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies Conference, 30 August 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland. Paper.

Archino, S., McSherry, S., and Streffen, I. “A Third Place: The And Or Project.” Finding Common Ground: Academics, Artists, and Museums, College Art Association Conference, 13 February 2014, Chicago, USA. Paper.

McSherry, S. “Gift Exchange and Marianne Moore: A feminist re-reading of influence.” Re-visiting the Canon, Smashing the Patriarchy in 100,000 Words: A Conference on Feminism, 13 January 2014, University of Dundee, Scotland. Paper.

McSherry, S. “The Gift and the Creative Community.” The Summer Residency, Terra Foundation, 21 June 2011, Giverny, France. Paper.

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